Navient employees help give Fairfax County families in need a happy Thanksgiving
RESTON, Va., Nov. 25, 2014 -Navient employees gave approximately 5,250 boxes and cans of vegetables, potatoes, rice, and other Thanksgiving fixings last week to help assemble meals for families in need in Northwestern Fairfax County.
"For many in our community with stressed budgets and financial challenges, a Thanksgiving dinner just isn't possible. Navient's generous donation of 375 Thanksgiving food baskets was one of the largest donations ever to Cornerstones' annual Thanksgiving Food Drive," said Nate King, community resource associate, Cornerstones. "Navient's support helped Cornerstones provide food for more than 850 families and individuals in northern Fairfax County so that they will be able to enjoy a happy Thanksgiving."
Navient employees delivered the boxes to Cornerstones, formerly known as Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit organization that provides support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, childcare, and other human services.
"We are proud of the hard work that we have put in to help provide families with a warm meal on Thanksgiving," said Brian Lampe, director, Navient, who coordinated the employee food drive. "We couldn't have done it without the help of Cornerstones, and we are honored to once again work with them to help provide meals to families who need support this holiday season."
In addition to food donations from employees, Navient supplied $25 grocery gift cards to families, enabling them to purchase a turkey or other essential items for their Thanksgiving meal. Cornerstones estimates the total value of the contributions at $18,750.
The vast majority of the 250 Reston employees made contributions, with an average donation of 1.5 boxes. Each food basket donated contained about 14 items of food.
As the nation's leading loan management, servicing and asset recovery company, Navient (Nasdaq: NAVI) helps customers navigate the path to financial success. Servicing more than $300 billion in student loans, the company supports the educational and economic achievements of more than 12 million Americans. A growing number of government and higher education clients rely on Navient for proven solutions to meet their financial goals. Learn more at navient.com. Created from the strategic separation of Sallie Mae, Navient began trading on Nasdaq as an independent company on May 1, 2014.
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